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MUSC1506: Classical Music: A Cultural History

2024 unit information

This unit surveys some of the main developments in the history of Western classical music from the Medieval period to the present, and relates them to broader historical and artistic trends. Students will listen to a diverse array of pieces composed over the last 1200 years and discuss their attributes, underlying philosophies and contexts. Different kinds of relationships between music, society, and the history of ideas are examined and debated.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Study level Undergraduate
Academic unit
Credit points 6
Prerequisites:
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None
Corequisites:
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None
Prohibitions:
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None
Assumed knowledge:
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The ability to follow a musical score while listening to the music and knowledge of elementary music theory

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. aurally identify music from the major periods in Western classical music
  • LO2. outline musical and aesthetic developments from the medieval period to the mid-twentieth century
  • LO3. assess some of the social, cultural, technological, and political factors that impacted on musical developments
  • LO4. understand some of the main historiographical issues involving Western classical music
  • LO5. demonstrate familiarity with 50 highly diverse set works, their original performance contexts and salient technical features
  • LO6. use the tools and resources necessary for undertaking academic research into classical music
  • LO7. undertake directed research on classical-music topics with an understanding of conventions of academic writing
  • LO8. engage respectfully but critically with the views of others through in-class discussion

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2024
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Semester 2 2020
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2021
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Semester 2 2022
Normal day Remote
Semester 2 2023
Normal day Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

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